1st and 2nd Grade Literacy Centers

Resources for 1st and 2nd Grade Literacy Centers

Below are printables of some of the literacy centers I have used in my grades 1/2 classroom. I printed each center direction sheet onto pre-designed school themed paper and glued it onto a colored file folder. If you don't have any themed paper, you can print the center direction sheets on regular paper and cut them out with craft scissors for a special effect. On the other side of the file folder, I glued an completed example of the recording sheet. I laminated the folder and put all of the materials inside of it when I store it. When it is time to use, I place the folder and materials in a literacy tub for students to use.

Alphabetizing Center

In this center, students will choose 10 words from a set of picture word cards. The student will put the words in alphabetical order and write them on a recording sheet.

B's and D's Center

In this center, students will choose 10 words from a set of picture word cards that begin with the letter B or D. The students will put the words in alphabetical order and write them on a recording sheet. This center is more difficult than alphabetizing because students will have to alphabetize using the second or third letter.

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Cursive Center

In this center, students will choose a sentence starter and copy the starter in cursive on appropriate lined paper. Students will continue the story in cursive and illustrate their writing.

Fantastic Facts Center

In this center, students will choose a non fiction book to read. Students will read the non fiction story and make a fact poster displaying four facts from the non fiction book. For example, if a student reads a book about bats, then the student will make a poster with four facts about bats.

Letter Writing Center

In this center, students will write a letter to a person of the week. The person may be someone to whom we need to send a thank you, or an enrichment teacher, visitor, pen pal, etc. You may want to provide special writing paper, stationary, and/or envelopes for this center.

Listening Center

In this center, students will listen and respond to an audiobook. Provide the students with a selection of books on tape. For my listening center, I use walkmans that were purchased at Walmart for $5.00 each. You can also find headphones for $1.00 at places like Dollar General or Big Lots. The students choose a book and a walkman and find a comfortable spot in the classroom to listen. After listening to the story, the students record their reflection on a recording sheet.

Squiggle

In this center, students will make a picture out of a "squiggle" and write about the picture. A squiggle is a random squiggly line on a sheet of paper with lines. The students use the squiggle to complete a picture and then write a story about it.

Sticker Story

In this center, students will use stickers to illustrate a story. Each student chooses up to 5 stickers for their illustration. Then he/she adds more details to the picture and writes a story. My students LOVE this center. A great place to buy cheap themed stickers is a craft store like Michaels or A.C. Moore. I just bought some books of 1000 stickers with themes like school fun, vacation, ocean life, space, etc. for 50 cents. 1000 stickers for 50 cents! :o)

Top Ten Center

In this center, students will brainstorm and write a list of ten items that are related to a given topic. The topic can be anything from animals, places you'd like to visit, favorite stories, things that start with the letter D, etc.

Word Shapes Center

In this center, students will practice their spelling words or sight words my coloring in the word shapes recording sheet. Before distributing the word shapes sheet, you must write the spelling words on each line. The student will color in boxes to correspond with the shape of each letter in the word.

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